I can't believe it was as long ago as November when my best blogging buddy Emily and I found ourselves pulling up outside The Woodspeen on a cold, foggy morning for a full day cooking with their head chef - Michelin starred John Campbell.
We were there with two other equally fab bloggers - Connie Consumes & Daisy from Pretty Green Tea - for Host for Hope - a charity campaign being run by Pancreatic Cancer UK. During the month of November, people were encouraged to raise money through holding a foodie event - be it a coffee and cake morning or in our case, a full blown dinner party. As a charity close to John's heart, he very kindly welcomed us to his cookery school to attend the Chef in a Cupboard course - a full day during which we prepped and part cooked a 5 course dinner party which we would host the following evening for 6 people! You can read about my dinner party here.
It'd take me forever to talk you through everything we did that day with John and his fantastic team. In a nutshell, we baked three types of bread, made puff pastry from scratch, created a beautiful pumpkin soup, made chicken stock, prepared garnishes, chocolate truffles and wrote timing plans. PHEW!
By the time we finished, everything was packed up and ready to go so that we could head home and be ready to produce some of the best food of our lives the next day. I'm going to leave my pictures to tell the rest of the story but I will say this; of all the cookery schools I've tried (and it's quite a few), this one tops them all. If you're looking for a cookery school with that extra sparkle and have the money, I urge you to try one at The Woodspeen if nothing else, for the lunch alone!
The day was magical and I'll cherish my experience for years to come. Learning how to bake bread and cooking alongside this super talented Michelin started chef was a highlight of my blogging career! The fact that I also managed to raise some money for Pancreatic Cancer UK was just the icing on the cake.
*I attended the Chef in the Cupboard course at The Woodspeen Cookery School - which is priced at £265 per person. I did not pay for this, I attended free of charge but my opinions are all my own*